Business Support Specialist
- Conduct in-depth analysis of the business models of women-owned SMEs to identify strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats.
- Evaluate the financial viability of the businesses and their readiness for investment.
- Provide strategic guidance to women entrepreneurs on business growth, financial management, marketing, and compliance with legal requirements.
- Develop tailored business growth strategies for individual SMEs based on their specific needs and challenges.
- Monitor the progress and performance of supported SMEs, ensuring they meet predefined criteria for accessing the Bankability Fund.
- Work closely with the Steering Committee to ensure compliance with program guidelines and objectives.
- Collaborate with program partners to deliver training programs such as Road to Growth and Road to Finance to women entrepreneurs.
- Offer ongoing mentoring and coaching support to help SMEs implement learned strategies effectively.
- Identify potential risks within the program and develop mitigation strategies.
- Implement a No-Harm policy to ensure that women entrepreneurs are protected from negative outcomes.
- Maintain accurate records of all interactions with SMEs and program activities.
- Prepare regular reports on the progress, impact, and success of the Bankability Fund.
- Assist SMEs in the share repurchase process once they have achieved sustainability and bankability.
- Explore alternative exit options for SMEs, such as selling their businesses or mergers.
- Bachelor's degree in Business Administration, Finance, or a related field. Master's degree preferred.
- Proven experience in business analysis, financial management, and strategic planning.
- Strong understanding of the Guyanese business environment, particularly for SMEs and women entrepreneurs.
- Excellent communication and mentoring skills.
- Ability to work collaboratively with diverse stakeholders.
- Knowledge of financial literacy and investment processes.
- Experience in program management and risk assessment is a plus.
- Demonstrated commitment to promoting gender equity and women's empowerment.